New Delhi: A protest was held on Wednesday against the visit of Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Around two hundred people from different parts of the city gathered at Jantar Mantar near the Parliament House to protest against General el-Sisi who overthrew his country’s first democratically elected government of president Mohammad Morsi through a military coup in 2013.
General el-Sisi is in Delhi to attend India-Africa Forum Summit.
The protesters were holding placards with various slogans like ‘Failed Egypt Economy No Help to India,’ ‘Go Back Sisi, Not Welcome at India’. The protest demonstration was jointly organized by All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Association for Protection of Civil Rights and Students Islamic Organisation of India.
“Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is guilty of occupying power after ousting a democratically elected legitimate government in an illegal and immoral way and is responsible for brutally killing and arresting thousands of people. It is, therefore, extremely sad that India a bastion of democracy has invited an anti-democracy and fascist dictator like Sisi. This move of the government goes against the nature and will of the democracy-loving masses, and is therefore condemnable and reprehensible,” said the organizers in a press statement.
The press statement further states, “Even after two years in office the dictatorial regime of Sisi continues to wreak havoc upon the people of Egypt with thousands killed and tens of thousands illegally detained and punished without a fair trial. The Egyptian economy is in shambles and inflation and unemployment has reached unmanageable levels. Amidst all this doom and gloom General Sisi continues to claim that he is a legitimate ruler of Egypt and is contesting for President in an elections which all international agencies have called a mockery of democracy”.
In view of the ongoing India-Africa summit, the Delhi Police blocked some groups of protestors from going towards Jantar Mantar.
A group of 50 people in Jamia Nagar area was not allowed to proceed towards the Jantar Mantar. Armed police force was deployed forcing the protestors to gather at the local police station where they shouted slogans against el-Sisi and Delhi police.
Photos: Noorul Mubin Nadaf